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Four injured in boating crash near Coronado Bridge

Posted at 10:23 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 09:04:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A sailboat and power boat collided near the Coronado Bridge Sunday afternoon, injuring four people, according to San Diego Harbor Police.

A good Samaritan drove by and noticed people floating in life jackets as their boat took on water. He picked up nine people and ferried them to Pepper Park.

"It's just what you do you're a boater, it's what you're supposed to do, you help out on the water, people have helped us and we've helped other people," Kary Brownlee said.

The damaged powerboat, a Bayliner, was towed back to the Pepper Park launch ramp where four passengers were evaluated for minor injuries. No one was taken to the hospital.

The sailboat cruised back to Coronado on its own power.

"All it takes is a split second, when the captain is not paying attention that could cause a collision," boat safety advocate Amos Zolna said.

He explained sail boats generally have the right of way, as they are harder to maneuver, compared to a power boat.

Zolna said it's hard to navigate near the bridge, due to the large pillars that create blind spots.

Harbor Police reported the 911 call at 1:28 p.m. They are investigating the cause of the crash and if any alcohol was involved.